Sausage and Barley Stuffed Delicata Squash

The yellow flesh of the delicata is sweet and creamy and has a flavor so much like a sweet potato that it’s also been known as a sweet potato squash. In this recipe, I’ve stuffed it with a mix of chewy barley, sauteed mushrooms, and Italian sausage. You can serve it as a side dish, but I think it’s hearty enough to eat as the main course, too. (And if you love hearty fall dishes, check out my recipe for Fried Cabbage and Noodles!)

Sausage and Barley Stuffed Delicata Squash

And although these adorable little heirloom squashes are not as well-known as their cousins the acorn squash and the butternut squash, the delicata squash is definitely gaining in popularity – and for good reason. Not only are they oh-so-tasty, but their skin is more “delicate” than other popular fall squash varieties. This means they are easier to cut and don’t require a wrestling match using a large, sharp knife as is often the case with the tougher butternut squashes. In fact, the skin of the delicata is thin and tender enough to even be edible when cooked.

Delicata Squash

Cook’s Tips:

  • If you can’t find delicata squash, you can also use this same recipe for acorn, butternut, kabocha, or other winter squash but the actual roasting time may be different.)
  • For a vegetarian version, use lentils, beans, or extra vegetables in place of the sausage. 
  • Change it up by using different grains. Try using quinoa or farro in place of barley. 

I hope you try this recipe for Stuffed Delicata Squash, and if you do, I hope you love it. Please let me know in the comments below.


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Sausage and Barley Stuffed Delicata Squash

Mushroom, Barley, and Sausage Stuffed Delicata Squash

  • Author: My Homemade Roots
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  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Delicata squash stuffed chewy barley, sauteed mushrooms, and Italian sausage. Serve it as a hearty side dish or as a main course.



For Roasted Squash:

  • Oil for coating baking dish
  • 2 medium-sized delicata squash, halved and seeds scooped out
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • Salt and Pepper

For Stuffing:

  • 1/2 cup pearl barley
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 ounces Italian sausage, removed from casing
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


To Roast the Squash:

  1. Heat oven to 375°F and grease a roasting pan. Cut a thin slice off of the round side of each squash half to create a stable base. Place the squash halves cut side up on an oiled baking dish.
  2. Combine the melted butter and maple syrup, and brush on the flesh side of each squash half. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  3. Roast for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside to cool until stuffing is ready.

To make the Stuffing:

  1. While squash is roasting, prepare barley. Combine barley and chicken stock in a saucepan, and bring to a boil. Turn down to a simmer, cover with a lid, and cook until liquid is absorbed and barley is tender (about 30-45 minutes). Drain and set aside.
  2. When barley is almost done, prepare the rest of the filling. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage, celery, and mushrooms and cook while breaking up into small pieces with a spatula. When sausage is cooked through, and vegetables are tender, add garlic, thyme, and poultry seasoning, and cook for 1 more minute. Stir in cooked barley, then remove from heat. Adjust seasonings to taste.

To Assemble and Bake Stuffed Squash:

  1. Divide the stuffing mixture between the squash halves, spooning the stuffing into the hollow center of each squash. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan, and return to oven to bake for 15 minutes.
  2. Remove from oven, and allow to cook for 5 minutes before serving.
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  • Miz Helen
    September 17, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    What a beautiful presentation for your delicious stuffed Delicata Squash. I can’t wait to try your amazing recipe! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday and come back to see us soon!
    Miz Helen

    • Melissa
      September 18, 2019 at 6:38 pm

      Thank you for having me at Full Plate Thursday! See you soon!

  • Esmé Slabbert
    August 31, 2023 at 4:58 pm

    Hi Melissa, Scrumdiddlyumptious, this is super delicious and so something that I will make and we will enjoy. Pinned it
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